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Carl Frampton heading for mega TV cash bonanza for Warrington title fight

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is heading for one of the biggest pay-days of his career when he challenges IBF World featherweight champion Josh Warrington before the end of the year.

Frampton set up his date with Warrington, who was ringside on Saturday night at Windsor Park, when he stopped Australian Luke Jackson in the ninth round - an emphatic finish to a clinical performance before a crowd of 25,000.

Now Frampton and Leeds hero Warrington will meet, most likely at the 22,000 capacity Manchester Arena, in late November, early December and it will be on the new BT Sport pay-per-view platform, which is good news for both fighters in regards to their purses.

With a slice of the pay-per-view income on top of his purse, Frampton could well be set for a £2m windfall against Warrington as the fight will generate huge interest across the UK.

Promoter Frank Warren said: “Carl and Josh Warrington is a dream fight. They’re both at the top of their game, they both have that will to win, you’re going to see something special — it’s going to be the best domestic fight for many, many years and it will happen before the end of the year.

“It should really be a stadium fight because both guys have just had their last fights in football stadiums, but we don’t want to wait until after Christmas for an outdoor fight because by that stage the guys could be bogged down in the demands of a mandatory title defence.

“The guys want the fight, this is the best fighting the best and the fans will love it and I think it says a lot about them that they want it and I’d like think it says a lot about us a promotional company because we could have let the two guys go on their separate ways and defend their titles but it’s on.”

Frampton says he is relishing the chance to face Warrington on the back of his win over Jackson, believing — like Warren — the occasion will be something to behold.

“It is going to be one of the best atmospheres ever. He has great support and so do I. I think it will be the best atmosphere in world boxing,” said Frampton.

“I think it’s a fight that everyone will get excited about — I’m excited about it and so is Josh and the fans are going to get a very good fight.”

In May, IBF champion Warrington won the title from Welshman Lee Selby, who had long been seeking a duel with the Jackal. Leeds man Warrington, whose great grandfather comes from the Falls Road, caused an upset and now wants to prove he is the best in the UK by taking down Frampton.

Warrington said: “Even though I beat Lee Selby for the world title, Carl is ranked ahead of me so I want to be the number one for Christmas. I believe me and my team have seen things in Carl that we can exploit.”

Frampton was pleased with his performance against Jackson, systematically breaking down his opponent but believes he will have to be at another level to take the world title from Warrington.

“I was able to try different things and I don’t normally drop people with body shots so that was good,” added Frampton, who floored Jackson in the eighth with a left hook before forcing the stoppage a round later.

“I never took my eye off Luke Jackson even though there was a lot of talk about a possible Warrington fight or a fight with Oscar Valdez for the WBO title. Jackson wanted to believe that I was overlooking him but I wasn’t throughout the camp.

“My jab was very good, my distance control was very good and that was the key. Credit to Luke because he showed plenty of heart and I don’t want to discredit him in any way but Josh Warrington is a different task altogether. He’s riding on the crest of a wave after beating Selby and he’s going to be really up for this so I will have to be even better to beat him.

“I felt very composed and disciplined. I think a lot of that is down to my coach Jamie Moore. He drills a lot of it into my head about breaking these guys down round by round and not getting too carried away with the occasion and the atmosphere.”

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